It's been quite the year for Phrenix as we've started our journey in looking to support young people through sport. We would like to think that Josh would be proud of what we've achieved as a charity, in particular being able to support 16 youngsters from Yewstock SEN in visiting The Wave in Bristol for a surfing lesson. We are also absolutely delighted to announce that the wonderful people at The Wave generously offered to provide another experience for a further 16 students at the school free of the charge. That's 32 students in total who will have the opportunity to experience something that will go a huge way to supporting their physical and mental wellbeing.
This has only been achieved as a result of the incredible generosity of everyone who has supported the charity over the 12 months, so thank you. Given the success of these events so far, the surfing experiences are something that we're looking to continue to support, alongside our wider goal of providing sporting opportunities for those that need it. As a result, we will be looking to do the same again for a further 16 students at the school, whilst also being able to offer the same opportunity to the students at Mountjoy SEN School which means that, over the course of the two years, we will have potentially offered 64 young people the chance to get wet and experience surfing.
So, today on our 1st year's anniversary and Josh's birthday we are starting a Justgiving Birthday fundraising campaign to enable us to continue to support our charitable objectives.
We understand that the current cost of living crisis presents its challenges for so many, so if you are able to help, no matter how small with a donation, we promise that every penny will go towards helping youngsters try a sport that they would not otherwise be able to do.
Thanks for all your support this past year, you have been fantastic and we could not have done this without each and every one of you.
Keith, Lynn, James and Sophia.
On 8th June, Phrenix were able to provide support that enabled Yewstock School and College to attend a session at 'The Wave' in Bristol.
Yewstock School is a community school based in Dorset for children with profound and multiple (PMLD), Severe (SLD), Moderate (MLD) or complex learning difficulties. Using funding provided by Phrenix, the school was able to take 16 of its students to The Wave, an inland surf destination near Bristol, for a lesson in surfing!
And what a time they had! Most of the children who attended the session had never had the opportunity to experience a water sport before, let alone surfing, so was an occasion for them all. The staff at The Wave were fantastic with at least four instructors in the water at any time, which followed their initial dry land briefing. Each child received one to one help in catching some waves in the safest of environments, facilitated by the staff in attendance. It was incredible to see the confidence of the children build as the session progressed, with some of the students initially reluctant to enter the water. However, thanks to the incredible encouragement and support from their schoolteachers, staff at The Wave, and from each other, everyone eventually made it into the water for some fun. By the end of the session, some students were standing on a board 'riding' a wave for the very first time, what an amazing experience!
The headmaster quoted…” we were very pleased to be able to support the important work of Phrenix who do so much to help others achieve good mental health. ” -
Check out some photos from the day below and you will see from their smiling faces and laughter just what an impact the experience made!
This quite simply would not have been possible had it not been through all your donations provided to Phrenix and for that we are hugely grateful. If you think we are doing the right thing and would like to help our charity with a donation, no matter how small, we would be immensely grateful. If you would like to go further and become a regular sponsor, please visit our Just Giving page (if you're having trouble, please contact us). If you're thinking of undertaking your own sponsored challenge and would like to raise funds for the Charity then we would love to hear from you! We'll supply the T shirts and do all we can to help and raise your profile both on our website and our Facebook page!
On Sunday 27th March 2022, our Trustee James ran the Weston Half Marathon carrying a surfboard in memory of Josh!
In our first fundraising event since starting the charity, James decided to strap on his trainers and run the Weston Super Mare Half Marathon. In recognition of the huge impact Josh had on the South West surfing community, James decided that he would run it carrying at 5ft 4in surfboard in his memory.
In training for the event, James undertook a number of training runs wearing the surfboard, which included appearances at a number of Parkruns in the South taking in Marine Parade (Weston Super Mare), Burnham and HIghbridge, Sharpham Fields (Cheddar) and Longrun Meadow (Taunton), which also got some local press!
As for the event itself, the conditions were certainly favourable (there wasn’t too much wind, albeit it was warmer than James had expected) and he managed to get round the course in 1:45:52! The support from fellow runners, course marshals and those watching (including Phrenix Trustees) was incredible!
We’d set out to raise £500 through the run with an additional £250 being provided as a Community Giving Donation from James' employer. With Gift Aid we’re now up to a remarkable £2,577 which is genuinely beyond our wildest dream and we would like to thank everyone who has supported the the run and the charity.. It will go a huge way to helping in our objective of improving the mental wellbeing of Children through sport.
If anyone is interested in learning more about Phrenix and how to support it, then please do let us know.